Judith S. Bond
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Judith S. Bond

Judith S Bond, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She is a past president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB; 2012-2013), a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC; 1999-2013), and a Past President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB; 2004-2006).

Bond received her BS in science from Bennington College in Vermont in 1961, and an MS and PhD in biochemistry and physiology from Rutgers University in 1962 and 1966. She did postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University until 1968, and then joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. She moved to Virginia Tech as Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1988, and was Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State’s College of Medicine from 1992 through 2011. 

Dr. Bond’s research on protein degradation, and particularly on unique and complex metalloproteases called meprins, was funded continuously by the NIH for 35 years. She has authored over 150-refereed papers, and given over 140 invited lectures throughout the world.  She and colleagues have found that meprins are candidate genes for diabetic nephropathy in Pima Indians, and for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dr Bond has a sustained interest in graduate education, having trained 17 PhD, 4 MD/PhD, and 5 MS students.  One of her PhD students was Jane Reckelhoff, President-Elect of the American Physiological Society! She has also trained 19 postdoctoral fellows. She was director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State Hershey campus and obtained federal funding for that program. She served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education from 1996-99, Co-Director of Graduate Education for the Life Sciences Consortium from 1995-2000, and Co-Director of the Chemical Biology Option of the Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program from 1996 to 2003. 

Dr. Bond’s professional service includes: membership on several FASEB committees including the Board of Directors, on several Association of American Medical Colleges Committees, such as the Scientific Foundation for Future Physicians Committee and the Journal Oversight Committee, membership on the NIH Biochemistry Study Section, and on the NIDDK Advisory Council of the NIH, and continuing service on the NIDDK Fellowship Grant Review Study Section and Sigma Xi grant review committees.  Dr Bond was elected president of the Biochemistry Chairs, the Council of the International Proteolysis Society, and the Council of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was named YWCA Outstanding Woman in Science and Health in Virginia in 1989, and Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist in 1988, and was an NIH MERIT Awardee. She was honored by the International Proteolysis Society, and by Penn State with the title of University Distinguished Professor. She was named an Evan Pugh Professor of Penn State University in 2010. She is an advocate for funding of investigator-initiated research, the globalization of science, and the next generation of scientists and science teachers.


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